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French vocabulary to start a business in France

PUBLISHED: 12:54 03 February 2016 | UPDATED: 14:47 11 April 2016

Running a business in France © Alexi TAUZIN - Fotolia

Running a business in France © Alexi TAUZIN - Fotolia

Alexi TAUZIN - Fotolia

Thinking of moving to France and starting a business? Here are 27 essential French words to help you set up and run a business in France


Une enterprise, une société - a business, a company

Démarrer une entreprise - to start a business

Gérer une entreprise – to run a business

Un commerce, une profession, un métier - a trade

Un travailleur non-salarié / un travailleur indépendent - self-employed


Un employeur - an employer

Un employé / une employée – an employee

Un associé / une associée – a business partner

Une clientèle – a customer base

Un expert comptable – an accountant

Un notaire – a notary, a sollicitor


Une entreprise individuelle – a sole trader

Une Société à Responsabilité Limitée (SARL) – a limited company

Une Entreprise Unipersonnelle à Responsabilité Limitée (EURL) – a single person company


Des locaux - business premises

Un fond de commerce - business, stock and goodwill

Murs et fonds -business including freehold property


Une chambre de commerce - chamber of commerce

Chambre de Métiers et de l’Artisanat -guild of arts and crafts

Centre de Formalités des Entreprises (CFE) - local business registration office

Centre des Impôts / de Trésor - public tax office

Un prêt professionnel – a business loan

Un prêt à la Création d’Entreprise - a government business start-up loan

Un compte d’exploitation – a business/trading account

Un découvert – an overdraft

Une dette - a debt

La publicité - advertising

More useful French vocabulary: 20 French words you need to know to set up utilities in France 19 French words you need to know to understand the French tax system 18 French words you need to know to use the banking system in France

Find out what life is like to run a B&B in France and read our guide on how to set up a B&B in France

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